Third Valuejet Para Table Tennis Open Starts Today in Lagos | The Guardian Nigeria News
The third annual Lagos Valuejet Para Table Tennis Open takes place today at Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
The three-day championship, which will feature 45 events, aims to prepare athletes for future events, especially next year.
Speaking on the occasion of the announcement of the start of the competition yesterday, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) Para Division President Anderson Bankole said the competition proved the country had talents capable of competing with the best in the world. as demonstrated by the past world event.
“I am happy that we are hosting this tournament again this year, especially with what our players did at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) tournament in France. Now, with this kind of competition, our players will be able to compete against themselves and it will also help us to rank them.
“It thrills me that Valuejet has remained committed to the sport again and I hope more will follow,” Bankole said, adding that the company has continued to show faith despite the global collapse caused by the COVID pandemic. -19.
According to Lagos State Sports Commission Executive Chairman Sola Aiyepeku, the state remains committed to the championship as we encourage athletes to work hard to be the best in the world.
“We want to continue to raise the bar as a state and we believe that the organization of the tournament will affirm our position as the sports hub of the continent.
“For our part, we will continue to play a leading role in sport by discovering and encouraging athletes to aim high.
“We believe that a tournament like this will provide athletes with a platform to show their talents and hone their skills,” said Aiyepeku.
ITTF representative to the competition, Francisco Nutzo, said the competition will help the world organization establish the country’s readiness to be seen as one of the countries hosting a major para tournament next year.
“This country is well known for table tennis and I’m not surprised at what I see. I hope that at the end of the tournament he can be listed on the ITTF for 2022, ”he said.
According to Adedamola Akingbule, Head of Corporate Communications at Valuejet, the company is committed to sponsoring the event, as it also plans to continue to develop the championship each year.
Tournament coordinator Sunday Odebode said fans will see the emergence of new stars like world number 10 ranked Christian Ikpoyi to replace aging players.
The championship is organized by the Sunday Odebode Sports Foundation in collaboration with the Lagos State Sports Commission and with technical support from the NTTF. The championship ends on December 18.